A native Peruvian who makes painstakingly hand carved gourds…This ancient art dates back over 2,000 years originating as a means of ornamenting gourds used as eating and drinking vessels. Today, the tradition continues in the small village of Cochas, Peru. Three techniques are used. (1) Fondo negro – etched with a small nail and then colored with soot and oil. (2) Quemado – etched and then burned with a small stick to provide the color tones. (3) Tintado – tinted with vegetable dyes and then carved. Many gourds tell a complete folk story or depict scenes symbolic of Andean mountain life.

We have been lucky to have Pedro and his wife Reina visit us on many occasions. He has been able to visit many years during the Celebrate Nashville event in Centennial Park.  It is always a wonderful treat to have him visit and exhibit his wonderful art in our store.



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